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I haven't been banded yet but have a question for those of you who have. I just had a bad case a stomach flu and got to thinking that with the band, throwing up can not be good and even more uncomfortable than without the band. Has anyone experienced the stomach flu with the band and if so were you okay afterwards?

Sally

initial appointment 3/6/09

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I actually asked my Doctor this exact question. He said a case of the stomach flu is fine and shouldn't harm your band. He told me slippage occurs from cronic throwing up like someone who over eats reguarly.

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My doctor's office had me get a prescription for phenegran when my family had the stomach flu a month after I was banded. I plan to keep one on hand just in case.

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I actually had the stomach flu back in 2006. I was banded in 2002. At the time, I was 5 months pregnant with my 2nd child as well and had about 5cc in my band. From what I remember--everything just came right up fine--no problem.

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I already have a very weak stomach and vomit easily. After reading up on the fact that vomiting can cause a new band to loosen (new stiches can come loose), or a band to slip, I've already talked to my PCP about getting a perscription for Phenergan to keep on hand. I'm pre-band.

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Hello... I was told that you are most concerned with trying not to throw up for the the first 6 months that you have the band... once that time has passed, the scar tissue that has developed should help keep the band from slipping.

My surgeon prescribed the anti-nausea just to keep on hand at home... and I was told that they, in some cases, will remove the saline from the band while you are sick with a bad case of the flu.

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That's what my doc says too - that after a while its much less of a risk. I'd prefer NOT to experience it though - its been about six years since my last bout of stomach flu. That was the famous Hutchinson Family Chunder Fest, where we all came to about three days later to face a pile of sodden stinking towels, bedding and clothes in the laundry. It was like a warzone.

I finish my teaching degree this year and will be out working next year, I dread the thought of the coughs, colds, flus, stomach bugs and head lice I will face. But hopefully after having 3 kids of my own and having been through all of them starting kinder, daycare and school I have the immune system of a warrior, lol. Unlike virgin 21 year old graduate teachers who need ALL their sick days and then some.

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